Was This A Horrible Year?

Was this a horrible year? Or was it the stepping stone to something more amazing? And, can we know for sure whether it’s either or both? These are the questions on my mind, during these last hours of 2017. I can think back to this moment last year, and how it seemed like the world […]

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The Last Night on the Longest Night

The final moments of light on the shortest day of the year. And now, we enter into a period of the Longest Night. As I jump back in the bike in a moment, I’ll crank up the Peter Mayer song, and sing to myself as I ride into the longest night. And the Joe Jencks […]

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Al Franken, #MeToo, Atonement Culture, and Listening to Women

As I watched tape of Al Franken’s resignation speech yesterday, my thoughts went back to Bob Livingston and Newt Gingrich. The pair, as some will recall, were leaders of the effort to impeach and remove President Bill Clinton from office in the late 1990s. At the very height of that terrible time, Gingrich was forced […]

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Dear Interfaith Atheist Friends (A Christmas Explainer)

Dear Interfaith and Atheist Friends, A few days back, I was with a Muslim friend who I know well enough to joke about our faith. He said to me, “Can’t you guys do something about the decorations in the stores in October?” I said, “The truth is, we can’t. The Powers That Be have discovered […]

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Moral Licenser In Chief

This afternoon, President Trump made it clear that he is our “Moral Licenser in Chief.” He made it clear that he is giving loud and clear permission to racists and bigots to act with impunity. What is “Moral Licensing?” I’ve been writing/speaking about it a lot since the election. Moral Licensing suggests that past “good […]

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All He Knows Is Tearing Things Down

In the midst of relief on the part of many today over the failure of the Senate Healthcare Bill, some shocking remarks from President Trump. The President suggested that absent the ability to either pass a new plan, or repeal Obamacare, that we should just let the healthcare system collapse: “And I think you’ll also […]

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Old Age and Experience

Sitting on Mark’s bench, having just snapped this pic back up the hill. I looove this time of day….the breath-holding moment of this picture. I’m hearing occasional fireworks off in the distance. Pop up storms about 5:30 almost convinced me not to come out here. So glad I didn’t give into fear. Time and time […]

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Church and the 4th of July

“On a scale of 1-10, 1 completely ignoring the 4th of July and 10 being First Baptist, how patriotic is our service gonna be Sunday??” This was a private Facebook message I got this week from a newer member of Northaven, concerned about worship on Sunday. He was referring to the orgy of patriotic civil […]

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Bishop John Wesley Hardt

Bishop John Wesley Hardt has died. I just heard the news. It happened a few hours earlier today. This makes me incredibly sad, as I know it does generations of Methodists here in Texas. If you are a Methodist in Texas, it’s likely you have a John Wesley Hardt story. I also have one. And […]

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Again, The Golden Rule

When yesterday’s shooting happened, a scene from days before flashed before my eyes. It was a conversation I’d had with a longtime progressive friend. This is a friend who’s lived here in Dallas his entire adult life, and who was a young man during the Kennedy assassination. He said, somewhat offhandedly, “You know, Eric, after […]

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